Cats of Morocco

A good travel narrative would not be complete without the inclusion of the elusive fur balls that wander around the streets at night and sleep under dining tables during the day. It seems that along with leisure time and travel comes the opportunity to observe your surroundings more; a large part of the surrounding environment are the living beings that crawl under your feet and beg for small pieces of whatever restaurant meal you are eating at the time. Sometimes they eat your food, sometimes they don’t, sometimes they roll around in the dirt in front of you, or run away in a frenzied panic. It doesn’t matter what they do, but they are often part of the culture and joy of traveling.

So, this article will showcase some of the cats encountered while traveling from north to south in Morocco.

The first featured beauty is a svelte black tom cat that was wandering the streets of Chefchaouen, the “blue” city of Morocco, in the early morning hours.

Color powder common in the streets of Chefchaouen

After a nice walk down the narrow alleyway this cat decided to stop and sunbathe a bit before turning around and looking passively back at the other cats sitting on the steps above it.

Black Cat of Chefchauoen (Location on map)

A short drive south from Chefchaouen will bring you to the city of Fes. Fes was founded by Idris I in the 8th century C.E. and is considered one of the most ancient imperial cities in Morocco. It is believed that the name Fes came from the Arabic word Fa’s which roughly translates to pickaxe; the pickaxe was supposedly used by Idris to draw the city lines of Fes. The older city lines consisted of  Fes el-Bali and later included Fez el-Jdid which is now collectively referred to as the medina of Fes.

The sprawling alleyways that define the city hold within them not only rich culture, but also a large selection of feral cats. The picture below of a family of feral cats was taken in the thick of the medina of Fes.

Cats in the Medina of Fes

Extend the trip further south to the High Atlas mountains and visit the town of Imlil. You will find a fine selection of cats here that lure customers into specific shops and pique the interest of tourists that pass through the town on their way to summit mountains of the High Atlas.

Tourist Shop Cats of Imlil

Take one more trip down south to the former Spanish colony of Sidi Ifni. This is the end of your journey; next to the Atlantic ocean, just above Western Sahara. Here there is a thick must and breeze that comes from the ocean and plenty of remnants of the previous Spanish culture and architecture. The city appears to be timeless or stuck in the era of the Spanish protectorate.

The cats here compliment the city well and seem as timeless as the city itself.

Cats of Sidi Ifni

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